Superman #13

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Kenneth Rocafort Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 24, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 3
6.2Critic Rating
5.3User Rating

Its a deathrap for Superman as he matches wits with his greatest enemy for the final time as The Man of Steel loses it!

  • 9.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Oct 25, 2012

    As mentioned earlier, I can't rave enough about Kenneth Rocafort's art. His renderings of alien worlds and beings, as well as his more stylish and modern depiction of Superman is like a breath of fresh air. Really good work by him, as expected. Also very good work by Lobdell. He's just what this title needed. Just what Superman needed, in fact. This issue is a promising start to, what I hope is, another successful new era to the greatest superhero of all time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Oct 25, 2012

    Rocafort delivers, as he has for the past year on Red Hood and the Outlaws, a sublime balance of realism and expressionist line depicting a Superman whose revised costume and new idiosyncrasies finally look perfectly at home to me. From the slight bit of stubble to just the right amount of shine on his body armor, Supermans appearance is every bit as commanding as we want it to be. From the mythological-looking beast that appears in the Metropolis skyline to the surprise guest star arriving at the end of the book, Rocaforts subjects are uniformly majestic proving that DC has finally landed just the right team on their lead character. As next month finally begins the mini-event entitled HEl on Earth, I now can say with every confidence that Superman is back on track and taking its rightful place at the forefront of the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Nov 16, 2012

    The end result is one of the best issue of Superman since the reboot. I give it 4/5, based on the writing and the art working so well together. As with all of Rocafort's work, it's consistent and portrays exactly what the writer seems to want it to. I can say there'll be a big change to the Superman status quo in this issue, but I can't reveal more than that without a pretty massive spoiler. With that being said, go pick this one up or read it online. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - T. A. Ewart Oct 25, 2012

    After a year of thoroughly being so unhappy, it was a pleasant surprise to recognize Superman again. To see him powerful and confident again. To hear the words: "Truth, Justice, and the American Way", again. :) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jay Mattson Oct 28, 2012

    Scott Lobdell is a curious writer, for sure. Some of his work falls so terribly flat I want to go back and save the paper and ink used to make the issues he's written, and some of goes on my “Must Buy” list for the month. Superman #13 reads fantastic and looks fantastic thanks to Kenneth Rocafort and his chiseled-feature-heavy style that compliments Superman so well. I was starting to get annoyed by how frumpy Supes was looking as drawn by Jesus Merino and later Dan Jurgens. Not only does Lobdell start an excellent new chapter in Clark Kent's life, but he also builds directly up to next month's start of “H'el on Earth”, featuring the other last survivor of Krypton's death. Basically, if you were reading Superman and got disappointed each month, stick with it. If you haven't read this series up until now, start here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Scott West Oct 27, 2012

    So, despite my trepidation at Lobdell taking over as writer, I thoroughly enjoyed this issue and can't wait to see where the upcoming 'H'el on Earth' storyline. Add to that the simply stunning artwork from Kenneth Rocafort and you've got a darn solid issue. I just hope that this level of quality keeps up on this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 24, 2012

    Lobdell and Rocafort are ready to take Superman to new heights. After months wondering where this title would be going, Lobdell comes in and throws a lot of developing plot points at us. This is a change from the previous issues where we were left wondering when something would finally happen to Superman. Lobdell is setting up a bit and Superman becomes a pretty busy guy. Rocafort's art makes the book shine and Superman has never looked this pretty in the New 52. This marks the beginning of the upcoming "H'El on Earth" crossover so you're going to want to see what Lobdell has cooking for Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Oct 30, 2012

    Scott Lobdell is a curious writer, for sure. Some ofhis work falls so terribly flat I want to go back and save the paper and inkused to make the issues he's written, and some of goes on my “Must Buy” listfor the month. Superman #13 readsfantastic and looks fantastic thanks to Kenneth Rocafort and hischiseled feature-heavy style that compliments Superman so well. I was startingto get annoyed by how frumpy Supes was looking as drawn by Jesus Merino andlater Dan Jurgens. Not only does Lobdell start an excellent new chapter inClark Kent's life, but he also builds directly up to next month's start of“H'el on Earth”, featuring the otherlast survivor of Krypton's death. Basically, if you were reading Superman and got disappointed eachmonth, stick with it. If you haven't read this series up until now, start here. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Outer Realm Comics - thefrozenreptile Oct 28, 2012

    As a prelude to the H'el on Earth storyline, this book only passes the mustard on a small scale (but we did get more Kryptonian information with regards to the creature.) As a book in the whole, it is above average (see Story section above as to why), but passable. The next two issues of this title will be taken with this storyline in a crossover with Superboy and Supergirl. If the overall story arc is half as good as the hype I have seen about it, it will be good indeed and this month's effort will be remembered more fondly. NOTE: I don't normally review (or read for that matter) Superboy, but I will be for the next couple of months in order to cover all parts of the storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 24, 2012

    Today's norm for comics is this ultra-deliberate, super-planned style, and it's going to be very interesting to see Superman fly in the face of that. Because this is an opening issue, the sheer newness of this creative team is enough to pique reader interest, especially considering how listless this title had been alongside Action Comics and Justice League. There isn't so much a deeper theme or striking insight into Superman as a character here, just broad conflicts and big action. It's new, and it's different " only time will tell if this run turns out to be good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Dec 16, 2012

    Although some have criticized Lobdell for some of what he has done in the New 52, this story is definitely one of his better ones. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Oct 26, 2012

    I enjoyed this book, and thought it acted as a nice little prelude to the "H'el on Earth" event that is kicking off next month. I have always enjoyed this series, and do not understand the hate it generally receives. So if you are one of those people who have not been reading it, then give this issue a chance. It is a great jumping on point, and you never know you may even enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rob Siebert Oct 29, 2012

    But I think the main reason readers have trouble relating to this character is because he is so god-like. He can move planets, turn back time, and he has this weird nano-tech suit built into his flesh. But hey ladies, he is single! It does not work that way. We need to shift things back toward what Morisson and Morales were doing only a year ago if we want the Superman books to stay as exciting as possible. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Oct 26, 2012

    The book isn't perfect (thought bubbles are an odd choice), and time will tell if this team really "gets it," but there are a few of reasons for fans of Superman to be at least cautiously optimistic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Danielle Luaulu Oct 29, 2012

    While I personally enjoyed Clark's diatribe about the state of the media, I'm not sure it was enough to totally carry this book. The art was amazing for battle scenes but Superman's constant monologue, and then an omniscient narrator's step-by-step analysis, were a bit long-winded and occasionally distracting. It's a good introduction to the H'el on Earth story arc, providing Lobdell goes into why the dragon is here in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Oct 24, 2012

    Superman #13 feels like a bunch of random ideas that are thinly stitched together by Clark Kent's desire to be a real boy. But wait " there's a crossover story coming next month, so we'll see if any of the threads that are actually interesting, like Clark's exit from the Planet and the testing of his powers, will be continued in any meaningful way during the event. I came to Superman #13 with great hope of a reinvigorated Man of Steel, but it looks like I've still got a ways to wait. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 25, 2012

    I suppose I will hold out hope that H'El is some sort of transfiguring arc, that things will be better after this trial. But somehow I don't think I'll be happy. Again, let me say that the artwork is strikingly beautiful. The images are wonderful even if the story content isn't. Rocafort should be commended. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 24, 2012

    A comic book cannot thrive on art alone though, and Superman #13 is just another in a long line of pretty terrible stories about one of the most popular superheroes of all time. One that no one now recognizes. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBuzz - Graeme Emmett Nov 5, 2012

    Once again Im left feeling flat by this title but I will continue through Hel on Earth because I somehow have confidence it will turn around although some would call it blind hope and not confidence. It does feel more and more though like a title I will end up dropping soon and continue with Justice League where we get to see the Man of Steel as we want to see him and it will save money at the same time. Heres hoping this has all just been the boring calm before the awesome storm. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Oct 31, 2012

    Superman #13 is a disappointment. Lobdell's work in Red Hood and the Outlaws wasn't that good, and that is reflected here. Rocafort is usually a great artist, but he brought his D-game to Superman. The creative team just lost a potential new regular reader. I'm not coming back for issue 14. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 29, 2012

    The space dragon shows up, but somehow isn't destroying anything, so what does Superman do? He hits it. That gives the new creative team a chance to flex a little and show what they're going to bring to this book, but quite simply, this is not my Superman. There is nothing inspirational or super about a character who abuses his power, mopes about losing a girl he never had and leaps into action without thinking it through. His choices in battle are less than super as well, and all of this just points towards Lobdell's Super-book crossover. If that crossover is anything like what I got in "Superman" #13, I'll be taking a few months off despite some nice artwork, thank you very much. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Oct 25, 2012

    There’s nothing else to say about this particular issue. It was horrible, and Lobdell will probably drive the book straight into the ground. If anyone is looking for a Superman book, read Action Comics and try really hard to pretend that this doesn’t exist. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Oct 24, 2012

    The worst part is that it is all downhill from there, ending with a silly fight with a under-welming giant dragon and two pages of bickering with Supergirl. That readers are expected to continue reading this story in Superboy #14 and Supergirl #14 is an amazing testament to the power of the brand, this three issue story would cost nearly twelve dollars to read. No thanks, I will save my money for the next Superman relaunch is a few years. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    hatmasta Oct 24, 2012

    Ugh.... talk about a massive dichotomy between art and writing....While Kenneth Rocafort, of who I am a long time fan, is absolutely KILLING IT on art, Lobdell fails yet again. Honestly, his plotting is pretty good. The situations CK/Supes finds himself in are interesting (like quitting his job, fighting giant Godzilla-esque snake creatures), but the dialogue and actual scripting is just. so. bad. It's so bad that I can't even bring myself to finish entire segments of writing. To make writing matters worse, there's a LOT of writing. It's verbose. It's wordy. I am a huge GenX Scott Lobdell fan, so it pains me to say this, but the guy could use some serious help in the scripting department. Art is the only saving grace here.

  • 6.5
    Dani06 May 26, 2018

  • 5.0
    Redeadhood Jun 1, 2014

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